Donald's Double Trouble

A Donald Duck Cartoon

Release Date : June 28, 1946

Running Time : 6:47

Synopsis

Donald hires a look-alike with more gentlemanly manners to win back the heart of Daisy after an argument.

Characters

Donald Duck
Daisy Duck
Donald's Double

Credits

Director
Jack King
Animation
Don Towsley
Tom Massey
Fred Kopietz
Sandy Strother
Backgrounds
John Dunn
Layout
Ernie Nordli
Story
Roy Williams
Music
Oliver Wallace

Video

United States
Mickey Loves Minnie
Cartoon Classics : First Series : Volume 9 : Donald Duck's First Fifty Years
Starring Donald and Daisy
Germany
Donald Präsentiert
Die Drei Kleinen Schweinchen und der Böse Wolf
France
Disney Parade 4
Italy
Paperino Piume Guai e Simpatia
Paperino Superstar
Paperino e Soci a Caccia di Guai

Laserdiscs

United States
Starring Donald and Daisy / Starring Pluto and Fifi
Japan
Starring Donald
Starring Donald and Daisy
Disney Cartoon Festival Volume 4

DVD

United States
Disney Treasures : Wave 5 : The Chronological Donald Volume 2
Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 10 : Best Pals : Donald and Daisy
Mickey and Minnie's Sweetheart Stories
The Parent Trap
Germany
Disney Treasures : Wave 5 : The Chronological Donald Volume 2
Schmetterlinge in Bauch
Canada
Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 11 : Best Pals : Donald and Daisy

Television

The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 40: Crazy Over Daisy
Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 3
Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 54

Technical Specification

Color Type: Technicolor
Animation Type: Standard animation
Sound Mix: Mono
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Negative Format: 35mm
Print Format: 35mm
Cinematographic Process: Spherical
Original Language: English

Released by RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.

Comments

From Ryan Kilpatrick at The Disney Film Project : A suave and debonair Donald Duck is an interesting change to the traditional Donald formula. As presented in Donald’s Double Trouble, we get to see what life would be like for Donald Duck if he were well spoken, well-mannered and a perfect gentleman. The ingenious step, of course, is to have our normal Donald there alongside the new and improved version, to make the contrast even better.

Donald Duck is taking a lot of heat from Daisy as this short begins, mainly for being the same Donald Duck we have all grown to know and love. To be fair, if you were dating the angry and unintelligible duck, you might want him to change as well. The problem is how will Donald change the things that make him so unique?

A solution presents itself rather quickly, as the double rounds the corner right after Donald’s blistering conversation with Daisy. The idea instantly comes to our fowl protagonist to have the “better” version stand in for him. But it’s not until Donald shows his double a picture of Daisy that he agrees to do it.

The contrast between the two could not be clearer at that point. Where Donald is in the moment and focused on the problems at hand, the double is looking ahead, plotting his attempt to woo Daisy over to his side. As we go forward, we see the double calm, cool and collected, while Donald loses his temper every few moments.

My favorite gag in the short is the bell ringing that Donald hears in his head every time that Daisy and the double kiss or show affection. It seems like an annoyance, which it can be for a second, but it’s a gag that pays off in the end. When the double and Daisy go into the Tunnel of Love during the finale, the bell goes off in Donald’s head, even though he can’t see them. That’s the signal that it’s time for Donald to intervene, which he does in hilarious fashion.

The contrast is the fun of this short, and it works fabulously. Seeing a Donald Duck that is out of the normal expectations is great fun. Making that Donald even more scheming than the original makes it more fun. Donald’s Double Trouble is a great short that takes a new twist on Donald, making it a novelty in 1946.


From Ryan : This cartoon is pretty good. I enjoy watching it a lot because I like all the humor in it. One part I enjoy is where Donald is following his double and Daisy through the Tunnel of Love at an amusement park. It turns out, however, that Donald and his double go through it and end up hugging each other (I'm surprised Disney hasn't censored that, well let's be thankful that they didn't) with Daisy screaming her head off at the two of them. It seems, even though Daisy doesn't have an incoherent voice like Donald, she still loses her temper easily making Donald's perfect match. In fact, this may be the last short where she is that way. One odd thing I noticed was that when Donald's double looked at a photograph of Daisy, his eyes bulged out (something you'd find in one of those Tex Avery cartoons). This is rather odd for a Disney cartoon. Nevertheless, it only happens once and doesn't bother me.
From Albert : Any cartoon where Donald loses his temper like this deserves a perfect 10! I laughed till I cried when Donald tears out a huge chunk of wood with only his teeth! To bad they don't play these cartoons as much as they used to.
From Baruch Weiss : "Manners and your English is terrible, until you develop a more pleasant personality I don't wanna ever see you again" says Daisy at the beginning of this cartoon. Well I would have to agree with that Donald can be rude sometimes. The ending with Donald hugging the Donald look alike was pretty funny and it is surprising that Disney hasn't censored that but I'm thankful that they didn't!
From J. P.Hope : I like it when Donald duck is enraged to realize his look alike's true colors: to be Daisy's new boyfriend. He charges into the tunnel of love and is still on the warpath when he causes a riot in the mountain. I also like it when two of the males accidently exit the tunnel of love and are shocked to see each other and see an enraged Daisy complaining and going on a tirade against the two liars thus scaring them out of their wits and out of the fun park with Daisy still complaining.